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Successful co-parenting in Missouri divorce

As the divorce is being finalized, many St. Charles, Missouri, readers may think that all conflicts and legal battles that accompany it end as well. However, if the divorce involves a child, then agreements must be made as to how to raise and care for the child.

In Missouri child custody cases, co-parenting is often preferred. Co-parenting, or joint custody, means that both parents share parental responsibility and rights to the children. In co-parenting, both parents agree on a visitation arrangement and a parenting plan in order to help the child cope with divorce. Readers may be interested in the following tips that can lead to successful co-parenting.

Divorced parents may become anxious whenever their child spends time with the other parent. Co-parenting may work well, especially if parents just want to assure the children that they are loved and cared for. It is also important for the spouses to behave kindly toward the other spouse.

After the child spends time at the other parent's house, the custodial parent may want to ask questions concerning the visits. If the custodial parent asks too many probing questions, the children may feel that they are being interrogated. This parenting error can make children feel uneasy, resulting in negative feelings in the divorce.

Many times choosing to co-parent may be in the best interests of the child. However, co-parenting is not always an answer for every child custody issue. The effectiveness of co-parenting or joint custody still depends on the parents' participation and commitment to helping the child.

Co-parenting is one of the options in resolving child custody in Missouri. There are other alternatives available that divorcing spouses may prefer, depending in their circumstances. Ultimately, the well-being of the child should come first in any child custody case.

Source: Huffington Post, "Why Every Divorcing Parent Screws Up (and Why It's OK)," Kate Scharff, Aug. 6, 2013

Joseph J. Porzenski
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